CONTRIBUTED BY JESS FLORA
Cappadocia (Kapadokya) is one of my favorite places to visit. This trip makes it my fourth visit to the area. It is only about a 2.5-3 hour drive from base. We typically fill up our gas tank, pack our lunch, and head out on a new adventure. The driving conditions are unlike the hustle of the Adana, as is the whole Kapadokya experience.
On this trip we stayed in the Dervish Cave Suites. Yes, in a cave! But don’t let that name fool you, the hotel is amazing. It is located in the heart of Göreme and walking distance to the “main area” of town. The family suite (room number 12) fits our large family nicely. There isn’t an A/C in the room but since it’s a cave, it cools off nicely. Breakfast is served every morning on the terrace. In addition to what is being served, they will cook you anything you wish (omelets and french toast to name a few).
We went out on the 2 hour sunset four wheeler ride. While it was a bit dusty this time, the ride offers the most breath taking views of the beautiful Kapadocia. You’ll see the Red Valley and Fairy Chimney’s. The tour guide does stop to allow for pictures and we stopped twice for a spot that had a bathroom and sold water, juice, and gift items. The trip ended and we were pretty dusty but we had a blast and were ready to EAT!
This trip we stopped into a great little location for some carpets. Dowry Carpet really fit our style and price range for carpets. We had a lot of fun learning about handmade carpets and visiting with our friend Mehmet. Unlike the “typical” carpet experiences, we were not being rushed into buying a carpet. Mehmet and Attila really enjoyed sharing with us the heritage of their beautiful country and sharing their stories about their own travels. Attila also speaks French, Japanese, and English in addition to native Turkish.
Some of our other favorite things to do in Kapadokya are (Click on each activity to learn more):
Uçhisar Kalesi (castle)
Güray Seramik Museum in Avanos (Prices are high, but negotiable. Start by offering half of the tagged price.)
Free climbing and hiking around the rocks
Underground city of Derinkuyu (Note: Tour guides will hustle you outside for a guided tour.)
Website: Dervish Cave Suites
Phone: 0384 – 271 – 2184
Address: Gaferli Mah. Cevizler Sok. No:5 Goreme / Cappadocia / TURKEY
Google Coordinates: 38.643687, 34.830681